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Cairo: The impact on the hotel industry
March 10 2011

The latest daily hotel performance figures for Cairo, Egypt, show the dramatic impact of the demonstrations and political changes on the capital’s hotel industry.

Highlights
  • Occupancy levels in Cairo have been falling since 29 January 2011.
  • The unstable situation resulted in the majority of hotel guests having to leave the city.
  • By the end of February, hotel performance had stabilised at very low levels.

LONDON—The latest daily hotel performance figures for Cairo, Egypt, show the dramatic impact of the demonstrations and political changes on the capital’s hotel industry, according to data from STR Global, the leading provider of market data to the world’s hotel industry.

Cairo’s occupancy levels have been falling continuously since 29 January 2011, four days after the first demonstrations started. The uncertainty and unstable security situation resulted in the majority of hotel guests leaving the city and only a very limited amount of visitors replacing them. The high demand from press and media organisations arriving to cover the unfolding story pushed up average daily rates (ADR).

By the end of February, hotel performance had stabilised at very low levels, reporting occupancy below the 20-percent mark and average room rates of around EGP750, which is on par with the same time last year.

Cairo’s daily performance 1 Jan to 7 March 2011

Source: STR Global

“A stable and secure environment is needed to bring visitors back to Egypt, and whilst it is not yet certain when demand will return to normal levels, it is recommendable for the hotels to continue with their current strategy of not dropping average room rates, as it will not stimulate additional demand to counterbalance a potential drop in revenue per available room”, commented Elizabeth Randall, managing director of STR Global.

STR Global tracks the daily hotel performance from 24 hotels in the Egyptian capital. 

About STR Global:

STR Global provides clients—including hotel operators, developers, financiers, analysts and suppliers to the hotel industry—access to hotel research with regular and custom reports covering Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and South America. STR Global provides a single source of global hotel data covering daily and monthly performance data, forecasts, annual profitability, pipeline and census information. STR Global is part of the STR family of companies and is proudly associated with STR, RRC Associates, STR Analytics, and HotelNewsNow.com. For more information, please visit www.strglobal.com.

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